Outraged theatre-goers walked out of a performance of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, describing a simulated sex scene between two men as ‘pornography’.Oh noes! The children..!
Children as young as eight were among the audience at the performance of The Comedy of Errors at The Old Laundry Theatre, in Bowness, Cumbria.
It featured one of the play's characters Dromio guarding a door when a man dressed as a woman walked up to him, pulled down his pants and Dromio's pants, before the pair simulated sex.How very British that sounds...
No genitals were on show, but buttocks were visible.
One theatre-goer Chrissie Greaves, 56, attended the performance with her husband and 15-year-old son.Oh, my...! I’m so jealous – I would love to go to see a play where someone did that! And not just because they couldn’t stand the performance of some ex-soap starlet, either...
She claims an elderly man was so disgusted at the scene he vaulted over a barrier in order to escape the auditorium.
‘They then had some slapstick with breaking wind, and bare buttocks were on show through the door.Since when have fart jokes and bare bums been unsuitable for children?
‘There was nothing on the ticket that said it was unsuitable for children.
I know it was nearly fifty years ago, sweetie, but what do you think you thought was the greatest joke EVER when you were five or six? I’ll wager it had the words ‘pee’, ‘po’, ‘belly’, ‘bum’, or ‘drawers’ in it...
Peter James, LAMDA principal, said: ‘A careful reading of the text would demonstrate that we did nothing that was uncalled for by the Bard.Shame on you, Peter! Didn’t you realise a faithful recreation of the play wasn’t going to be expected by a portion of your audience? They were probably baffled by the play’s foreign setting, as everyone knows Shakespeare was English, innit?
‘However, it is never our intention to cause offence to any member of the audience and we fully support the comments that have already been made by the Old Laundry Theatre.’
The theatre's general manager Richard Foster said: ‘The Old Laundry Theatre apologises wholeheartedly for any offence caused to the audience during Monday night's performance of The Comedy of Errors.Yes, perhaps. After all, in this day and age, it’s obviously expecting a bit too much to assume they’ve ever read, or been taught at school, any Shakespeare, isn’t it...?
‘Perhaps in hindsight the theatre should have put up a notice, warning the audience of the content of the play.